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Blue Jackets go for home-and-home sweep in New Jersey

by Katie Foglia / Columbus Blue Jackets

The Blue Jackets will play on the back-end of a home-and-home set with the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center on Sunday.

Columbus snapped a three-game losing streak in its win over New Jersey at Nationwide Arena on Saturday night. The Devils are seeing time wind down on their season, now eight points back of Detroit for the second wild card spot in the East after nearly everyone ahead of them won in regulation yesterday.

Oliver Bjorkstrand scored two goals (including his first NHL goal) in the third period to lead the Blue Jackets to a 6-3 win over the New Jersey Devils at Nationwide Arena.

Cam Atkinson, Seth Jones, Boone Jenner and William Karlsson each scored for Columbus. In between the pipes for the Blue Jackets, Sergei Bobrovsky made 27 saves in his first win since Dec. 5 in Philadelphia.

On the other end of the rink, Keith Kinkaid started for the Devils but was replaced by Yann Danis after the Blue Jackets took a 3-0 lead early in the second period.

The Devils scoring power came from Kyle Palmieri, who scored two goals, and Adam Henrique, who scored to bring New Jersey within a goal at 3-2 in the second period. Entering Sunday's game, the Blue Jackets are 12-10-2 in the all-time series against the Devils, and 4-0-0 in the 2015-16 season.  

After his stellar performance against the Devils on Saturday night, keep your eyes on rookie right winger Oliver Bjorkstrand, who seemed to figure something out in his second NHL game.

The Herning, Denmark, native made his NHL debut on Thursday against the Detroit Red Wings and scored his first and second NHL goals on Saturday against the Devils. His sneaky release and deceptive speed have been his biggest assets in his young career, and both were on display Saturday night.

Bjorkstrand was selected by Columbus in the third round (No. 89 overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft. As a member of the Portland Winterhawks (WHL), Bjorkstrand scored 63 goals and added 55 assists for 118 points in 59 games played during the 2014-15 season before turning pro this year and joining the Lake Erie Monsters.

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